Richard Mallinson's Fast Fiction

Volume Two

by Richard Mallinson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/24/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 530
ISBN : 9781481781282
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 530
ISBN : 9781481781299
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 530
ISBN : 9781481781305

About the Book

At only a page each in length, Richard Mallinson’s elegantly structured short stories are a pithy fast fiction for a modern multimedia age. A rapid succession of carefully worked observations, the stories read like a dynamic anthology of life’s collisions and interactions, its projected plans and unexpected rotations. There is a great joy in the subverted (the interviewer becomes the interviewee; the private detective becomes the conspirator) as well as an interest in the open-ended. Possibility abounds, for these are always tales of the present; the past is unclear and the future unwritten. Adhering to the strict one-page format, the writing is marvelously precise: it is highly disciplined, but infinitely rich, conjuring the most unique and sharply observed characters with remarkably few words. If indeed “we read fiction . . . in order to meet individuals” as the character Tolson declares in Mallinson’s “Tolson’s Creed,” then in this anthology we are introduced to a plethora of distinct personalities, rendered all the more compelling by their relentless unpredictability.

About the Author

Richard “Dick” Mallinson was born in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, in 1937 and attended Penistone Grammar School. After serving as an officer in the RAF Regiment, he read modern history at Balliol College, Oxford. A man of letters, Dick was naturally drawn to a career in journalism. Working initially for the City Press and the Guardian, Dick rose to become editor of the Huddersfield Examiner, a post he held until his retirement in 1995. Dick never lost his appreciation for the written word and continued to write throughout his retirement.